Police arrest suspect behind kidnap of Imo monarch, FRSC officer

11:21 Jan 10 2024 Imo State

The police in Imo State, south-east Nigeria, have arrested a suspect involved in the kidnap of a traditional ruler in the state, Samuel Ohiri.

Mr Ohiri is the traditional ruler of Orodo, a community in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state.

Henry Okoye, the police spokesperson in the state, disclosed this on Tuesday in Owerri, the state capital, according to a report by the Nation newspaper.

Mr Okoye, an assistant superintendent of police, said the unnamed suspect was also allegedly involved in the kidnap of an official of the FRSC in the state, Sabinus Ugwuebu.

The two victims, Messrs Ohiri and Ugwuebu, were kidnapped a few days ago at various locations in the state.

The police spokesperson said the suspect was arrested when police operatives busted a camp belonging to suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its militant wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN) in the state.

He said the suspected IPOB/ESN camp, located at Ihite-Owerri in Orlu Local Government Area of the state, was raided by the operatives at about 3.30 a.m. on Tuesday in collaboration with personnel of the Nigerian military which resulted in a shootout with the hoodlums.

Mr Okoye said the suspect was finally arrested after the shoot-out while others escaped with gunshot injuries.

“The arrested suspect, who is believed to be a member of the ESN terrorist group may lead (security agencies) to where the kidnapped victims are,” he said.

“On searching the camp, we recovered road safety uniforms of the kidnapped officer, Sabinus Ugwuebu,” the spokesperson added.
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